1/ As has always been the case, anti-vaccine influencers rake it in big time. The Anti-Vaxx industry boasts annual revenues of at least $36 million and is worth up to $1.1 billion to Big Tech with 62 million followers across their platforms.
2/ Are you a discredited medical doctor that no one will hire because you're either reckless or bad at your job? No problem. Say these things and you too can make it rain millions.
3/ Even better, you won't be held accountable for the people who are hurt or killed by your bad advice, not even if you meet in October of 2020 to coordinate talking points against vaccines for which trial results hadn't even been released. counterhate.com/playbook#:~:te….
4/ Sell some supplements too -- even though big pharma makes those and most of them do nothing -- people really like to take them and "stick it to big pharma."
5/ Literally, the anti-vaxx movement is the love child of Big Tech and unregulated Big Pharma, and they make money by making people feel like they're outsmarting a conspiracy.
7/ Anti-vaxxers make up to $1.1 billion for social media companies
8/ Investigations show that those spreading misinformation that undermines the rollout of vaccines against COVID-19 are well-financed, determined, and disciplined. nature.com/articles/s4159….
9/ Let us not forget this: The Intercept found that 72,000 people paid at least $6.7 million for Covid-19 consultations promoted by America’s Frontline Doctors and vaccine conspiracist Simone Gold. theintercept.com/2021/09/28/cov…

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